24 June 2014

HeidelbergCement puts emphasis on continuous improvement

HeidelbergCement has started its Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) in order to continuously optimise the working processes in cement production. The new program, which will be introduced at 65 cement plants worldwide, takes a systematic approach in order to generate ideas among the employees, prioritise, and implement them. The process enhancements shall lead to sustainable result improvements of at least €120 million by the end of 2017.

"With our Continuous Improvement Program we are changing the business culture at our production sites,“ says Dr. Bernd Scheifele, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. „Our staff at the cement plants will be trained in entrepreneurial thinking in order to identify improvement potentials and implement them with creative ideas. In this way, we want to secure the efficiency gains from our previous projects while further improving our production processes systematically.”

The Continuous Improvement Program, which has been tested at three pilot sites in Europe since the beginning of 2014, has already led to result improvements of almost €4 million. Due to the great success and high acceptance by the employees, CIP will be implemented worldwide starting in September 2014.

About HeidelbergCement

HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates and a prominent player in the fields of cement, concrete, and other downstream activities, making it one of the world’s largest manufacturers of building materials. The company employs some 52,600 people at 2,500 locations in more than 40 countries.

Andreas Schaller

Group Spokesman, Director Group Communication & Investor Relations
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